St Bess ready for 'Ultimate Street Festival'
Black River, St Elizabeth:
The quiet coastal town of Black River will come alive this Friday with the 'Ultimate Street Festival' in celebration of Jamaica's 55th year of independence.
According to event organiser GT Taylor, Black River Day was established to support and encourage commercial activity and lift the profile and economy of the coastal tourism town, while showcasing its culture, culinary experiences and entertainment.
"The day kicks off with a float parade in the morning, led by a decorated 40 foot-trailer, marching bands, uniformed groups and community groups. Food is available from breakfast till the wee hours of the morning on Saturday at our food court, featuring a wide variety of Jamaican dishes," Taylor said.
He said Black River's Pride of Exchange Band, the Genesis Steel, and the Ruff Cut sound system, featuring selectors from St Elizabeth, will provide the music for most of the day. A gospel concert will also be staged on High Street in the afternoon, featuring Lieutenant Stitchie, Jabez and other award-winning acts.
In addition, Taylor said there will be trains transporting children around the town, as well as a fire display by the Black River Fire Department.
"Youngsters will be thrilled by the rides and snacks at the Kiddies Village on North Street. The streets will be patrolled by stilt-walkers and the JAG Myers Park will have our mento band performing as patrons investigate the goods and services offered in the business district," Taylor explained.
"On the streets of Black River, see what entrepreneurs and artisans of St Elizabeth are producing in our communities and learn about our history," he added.
The welcoming and awards ceremony will be held at sunset, which will be followed by the finals of the JCDC 'Big Stage' competition and then the stage show, featuring Ninja Man, Nesbeth, Stylex, Grandpa Entertain, Mr Kool and Villa Dutch.